EXTRACT OF A SPEECH – BOBBY STEVENSON, DA PROVINCIAL DEPUTY-LEADER SPEAKING IN HOFMEYR AT A DA JUNE 16 YOUTH EVENT

We are hungry and want jobs and a decent education is the plea of our province’s youth.

You have the power to bring about a change in your circumstances – let us celebrate the fact you have this power. Not through the toyi-toyi but through the ballot box.

By 2014, 30% of the voters of this Province will be under the age of 30. You are a powerful constituency and you must use that power to change your circumstances. While honouring the past you must also own your future.

The youth of 1976 made huge sacrifices to stand up against a system that offered them no future. Today the youth must show the same courage and say enough is enough.

You do not have to accept joblessness, a rotten education system and broken service delivery. You do not have to continually live in fear of the criminal element.

The policies of the Democratic Alliance offer the youth of this Province an opportunity of get ahead in life and reach for your dreams. Our Province has a high rate of unemployment – 43,1%. In the last year we lost 46 000 jobs – the highest of all provinces. Why accept this. A youth wage subsidy as advocated by the DA would create opportunity for over 423 000 jobs, but the Government is failing to act.

The DA is leading the second freedom struggle which is a struggle for economic freedom. The ANC cannot change because it is held captive by factional interest.

You do not have to be the sacrificial lambs that are offered up on the altar of political expediency because government is afraid of Sadtu in the case of education and Cosatu in the case of the youth wage subsidy.

You are being betrayed. You are being left behind.

By utilising the power of your vote you can choose hope over despair, opportunity over broken promises and a brighter tomorrow in place of the helplessness of today.

 

2 comments on “EXTRACT OF A SPEECH – BOBBY STEVENSON, DA PROVINCIAL DEPUTY-LEADER SPEAKING IN HOFMEYR AT A DA JUNE 16 YOUTH EVENT
  1. The fact that we as graduate are jobless,felt like we are being left behind by our government in the eastern cape,on the Daily Dispatch of the 12 june 2012 I voiced that out and my article was publishised,again on the GO express newspaper its was again phublishised on 14 june 2012, the front page of this news paper,and again on the Daily Dispatch of the 19 June,
    Where I voiced out the feeling of being a graduate but being jobless and our government is asking us more than 5 years of experience when they advertised the positions,so my question was where must we get that?but up to so far my question is not yet answered,being young and a graduate and jobless ,those three they really don’t work to gether!
    Eastern Cape government must make a way out here,the crime rate ,drug and alcohol abuse is increasing day by day because our fellow brothers and sisters the can’t take it anymore ,because we went to school for a better life,instead we struggle as if we still operating under aparthete!when will this scarsity of jobs will came to an end?

  2. I am still not yet permanently employed , I am just wondering if ANC can just give another political party a chance to rule our country for a change because clearly with our Jacob Zuma government will be poor for the rest of our lives .The worse part now in my family my sister who has been working as an intern for Department of Economic Environmental Affairs its been 3 years now , they keep on renewing the internship program where on earth did you see that ,my Little Brother also is a contract worker with civil engineering Diploma, but He is not working .I Aphiwe Madlavu I am working as a Data Capturer and I am on contract that gets renewed monthly. ANC government has failed us as young people ,if your surname is not ” well known ” shame you wont even being acknowledged I am bitter and angry at the same time. We want jobs not contract jobs.